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Dec 5, 2010 9:00am EST
united states. >> what did we miss -- what do we miss when we look at ourselves? what do you see? >> sometimes, you are not aware of what an important country you are, and i think that the role that america plays in the world is very important for the united states to understand that it has a responsibility. i think anybody who has such an opportunity and has the richest and the great knowledge and power that the united states has has an incredible responsibility, and i think this is an important part of the u.s. vision. >> ambassador, you have the last word before we go to the break. >> i personally agree, but what i think you are missing is being the only superpower right now -- your knowledge of the other parts of the world is very limited. i'm talking about not merely the administration, but throughout the united states. >> our geography is limited or our knowledge is limited? >> your knowledge. >> our knowledge of the world. does the fact that we are so on knowledgeable about the world -- does that bother you a great deal? i have my own map with me, and i was plotting singap
Dec 17, 2010 7:00pm EST
to deliver an attack against the united states. we are assured that a missle which does not now exist and has not been deployed will defend us. the standard missle-3 block-2 bravo is rumored to be considered for development and deployment, but we cannot be defended by a missle that does not yet exist and has not yet been deployed. what has happened is that the mention has canceled plans to -- the administration has canceled plans to deploy the g.b.i. system to poland which would have defended us and would have been deployed. we withdraw a real defense system for a planned one. a real deployment for a hoped-for one. it should be the policy of the united states to defend us against attack. it should be our policy to defend allies against atafnlgt therefore, we should sign no treaty which acknowledges a need to preserve russia's ability to attack the united states that also has the effect of opening a way for iranian missiles to find their mark against american or israeli families. i am struck by this debate. if the treaty does not affect the ability of the united states to defend
Dec 18, 2010 12:45pm EST
missile against the united states; that's for sure. but we do know that there are other nations that are enemies of the united states that are trying to get and possibly have nuclear warheads and the capability to deliver them. so, we need to assure, first and foremost, two things. that our nuclear capabilities are viable, which means we need a modernization program that we can be assured has an arsenal that can work. and, number two, we need to make sure that we have missile defense, and there is no reason to connect it to a treaty that is going to limit offenses. as long as our missiles are capable of being deployed, that is leverage that we must have. but we certainly have no reason to lower our capability to defend our country unilaterally, which, mr. president, i cannot imagine that any administration, and certainly not a united states senate, would sign nor ratify a treaty that might take away our capability to defend our country. i would hate for it to be on our watch that we lowered the defenses of the united states because we are being rushed into ratifying a treaty wit
Dec 4, 2010 7:00pm EST
united states several times. this was a bit shocking. on november 13, president eisenhower responded to this by delivering a speech, a major speech. he said "the soviet union now has the combined category of scientists and engineers in greater number than the united states. it is producing graduates in these fields at a much faster rate. this trend is disturbing. indeed, according to my scientific advisers, this is, for the american people, the most critical problem of all. my scientific advisers place this problem well above all other immediate tasks, over producing missiles, of producing techniques in the armed services. we need scientists for the 10 years ahead. -- ed." said he took a long view of this moment of crisis -- ahead." so, he took a long view of this moment of crisis. i was the beneficiary of that. in high school, i went to science programs during the summer. when i went to college, there was money being poured into investments for universities. i got a fellowship when i went to graduate school. i got a post doctorate scholarship. many of my scientific colleagues were trai
Dec 18, 2010 2:00pm EST
wanted to read a quotation from someone who has served in the united states congress for the last four years but someone who's also served our country, someone i know, and he's a friend of mine -- i put that on the record -- but someone we're very proud of, on the work that he did in both -- both forms of service, as a member of congress and serving in our military, and that's congressman patrick murphy. from bucks county, pennsylvania. from those who don't know our geography, on the season even ee of our state. he's been in the congress for four years. he'll be leaving this month. but he's been a champion of repealing this policy, and he speaks with a -- with an integ h an integrity and a commitment which i think is unmatched. because he's not speaking about this policy theoretically. he's not speaking about this policy in a textbook sense. he's speaking and has -- has fought for the change in this policy from the vantage point of someone who has served and who served in the -- in situations where he could have been killed, sometimes every day of the week. here's a part of what he has
Dec 17, 2010 12:00pm EST
the new start treaty, the united states and russia must reduce the number of their strategic arms within seven years from the date the treaty enters force. this treaty sets a limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads or warheads on deployed icbms and deployed slbms count toward these limit and each deployed nuclear armament counts as one warhead toward this limit. this limit is 70% lower than the limit of the 1991 start treaty. and, again, let me stop, and i think if you asked every mes american, would we be safer with fewer nuclear warheads in the stock -- in the strategic forces of russia and the united states? the answer would be yes. i think we will all recognize the potential danger of the existence of more than enough nuclear weapons to wreak havoc, if they were somehow launched. the new start treaty also sets a limit of 800 deployed and nondeployed icbm launchers, slbm launches and heavy bombers. it is not only warheads but also launching systems. it puts separate limits on deployed icbms and deployed slbms and deployed heavy bombers. and the limit is less than half the li
Dec 16, 2010 6:00am EST
christmas time stunt that puts a major arms control treaty in jeopardy. i've one united states senator who plans to support the treaty, its ratification. if we continue to debate it thoroughly, and it outcome and especially if we do with nuclear modernization in the correct way. this is not the way to do it. is not the way to get 67 votes. it's a reckless way to consider the treaty. if it's important, as i believe it is, to the future of our country by bringing it up at the last minute. this is a senate where majority since the schedule and we are in the minority. but let's remember this is the senate that has not voted 15 in the entire year of 2010. there's been plenty of time to do these issues. we have a lame-duck session where the majority seems to be insisting on an encore where there were boos for the concert. they are bringing in every single issue they can think of it. it's called, snow is about to come. we will be meeting late at night and all of a sudden i ride the 2000 page bill. it sounds a lot like last year. as one senator already said what angered people in the elections iss
Dec 4, 2010 6:15pm EST
screening standards. regrettably, recent terrorist attacks against the united states have once again highlighted the risks that we face in our aviation system and also our dependence on our international partners. in this case, we were alerted by our allies, and the process shows that there are some good things happening in terms of the sharing of a information, but there is clearly more work to be done. i want to start on a point that chairman rockefeller discussed, and that is the issue of canada. it is a requirement -- i have discussed this with secretary napolitano, above the -- of the re-screening of passengers arriving from canada. their baggage must be physically transported to a facility in the united states. i see you nodding your head. it causes a lot of delays on our end for passengers who have already flown in from canada. could you discuss if there is any progress on that issue because of the delays it is causing in the united states? >> senator, i believe that we have answered in a couple of your letters. we continue to work with the canadians on this. as you are aware,
Dec 17, 2010 8:00pm EST
lieutenant general patrick o'reilly. he is a retired united states air force lieutenant general, and it's his job to defend america against a missile attack. now, here's what he said. he says, "relative to the recently expired start treaty, the new start treaty actually reduces constraints on the development of the missile defense program. under new start, our targets will no longer be subject to start constraints." so -- so, you know, and when senators ask, well, why didn't we just extend the original start treaty? apart from the fact that the other side said they wouldn't, which is pretty significant, in addition to that, our military didn't want to because they wanted to get out from under the constraints of start i. so when the -- when the man who's the head of missile defense tells me that this treaty, in fact, removes constraints and improves our situation, then you add it to the plethora of other significant statements from secretary bob gates, from secretary clinton, from general -- admiral mullin, from general chilton, from the various other parties, every single one of them
Dec 2, 2010 3:00am EST
united states diplomatic and military documents by the wikileaks group? >> translator: some experts believe that somebody is deceiving wikileaks. their reputation being undermined. to use them for their own political purposes later on. that's one of the possibilities there. and that's the opinion of the experts. and also you have such opinion expressed here. if it's not so, then it tells us that it's necessary for the diplomatic services to be more attentive to their cables. such leaks occurred before in previous times. so this is no catastrophe. i don't see this as being a catastrophe. >> larry: how about documents that include a cable in which defense secretary robert gates, united states, is reported to have told his french counterpart that russian democracy has disappeared and that the government is being run by security services? what's your response to the american secretary of defense saying that? >> translator: i know mr. gates. i met him several times. i believe he's a very nice person. and he is not a bad expert too. but it is known also that mr. gates was one of the leade
Dec 16, 2010 9:00am EST
past four years the united states often at the instigation of republican presidents has used arms control with russia to increase the transparency and predictability of both our nuclear arsenals. this has built trust between our two countries. it has reduced the chances of an accident. it stabilized our relationship during times of crisis. and provided greater communication and greater understanding. as everybody knows peepers middle in making military decisions and strategic decisions, understanding legitimacy of a particular threat and the immediacy of that threat and knowing what the intentions and actions of a potential adversary might be is critical to being able to make wise judgments about what reaction might best be entertained. frankly that trust is exactly why president george h. w. bush signed the s.t.a.r.t. 1 and s.t.a.r.t. ii treaties. that is why they pass the united states senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. knew s.t.a.r.t. simply stands on the shoulders of those two s.t.a.r.t. agreements. there are a few new components of it, a few twists and turns of veri
Dec 19, 2010 8:00pm EST
of the united states against british invasion because all of these episodes come out primarily in the last year of the war in a period in which the british are mounting a counteroffensives. canadians what americans forget is that the war began and was fought as an american invasion of canada, and so canadians remember a very different war. they remember -- they celebrate their victory in the war, and i want to advise you that if you are ever with a canadian, do not say the united states won the war of 1812 because they take this seriously. [laughter] i find this out every time i go through border and go through passport control because they want to ask me why i'm coming into canada, and i should have learned by now not to tell them the truth. [laughter] i tell them i'm there to do historical research. of course, the next question is what are you researching, and then i make my mistake which is to say the war of 1812. well, this is going to keep me there for another 10 minutes, not that they are more suspicious of me, but just want me to know that canada won the war, and they want to k
Dec 18, 2010 10:00am EST
individuals who wear the uniform of the united states who had personal interaction with the individuals who did the survey were opposed to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. the -- the survey does show that nearly 60% of the respondents from the marine corps and the army combat arms said they believe repeal would cause a negative impact on their unit's effectiveness. among marine combat arms, the percentage was 67%. and we think this is a good idea? we think it's a good idea when 67% of those marines who are in foxholes and are dodging bullets around corners in afghanistan as we speak today who say that this is going to have an impact on them. we think it's a good idea to repeal this policy. and by the way, this has nothing to do with the valiant service that gays and lesbians have provided to the united states of america. that's a given. we all agree with that. but what the marine corps and what the army as well as what the air force chief said is that this is not the time to repeal this, in the middle of a military conflict is not the time to repeal a policy that's working, that has
Dec 19, 2010 6:00pm EST
, ambassador. the united states has been looking in the direction of the iran and afghanistan for the last decade or so. china, at the same time, made dramatic moves in so many different areas. how do you see china right now, vis-a-vis the united states? >> is a major question. i happen to believe and have for deed time that china is in t a rising superpower. china has become the other superpower in many ways. and we should recognize this. you mentioned it to the global village. hopefully, the fact that we are increasingly interdependent economically, financially particularly -- this will lead to a degree of cooperation between the united states and china. in other words, if we suffer too much here, the chinese will not necessarily benefit but they may actually suffer as well because we are being increasingly interlinked with our economies. right now in europe, there is a renewed fear in ireland and other countries. there is no reason for americans to gloat about this. if a country in europe is having financial problems, they are going to decrease their imports from the united states.
Dec 26, 2010 9:30am EST
costing the united states $1 trillion in lost productivity, absenteeism and out of pocket costs. the differential and the gaining of weight in america in the last 20 years. this issue in america is only 20 years. in 1991 america was an entirely different country in terms of its makeup and physique. how do we motivate america to get in shape? we are stealing resources from medical research, for insurance for the uninsured, for the education of our children, for investment in plants, roads, bridges, et cetera. because we are diverting it to a substantial increase in diabetes, cancer. >> i'm really concerned about it. right now, 10% of the health care costs in the united states are secondary to obesity and by 2020 it's projected that 20% of the health care costs in the united states are going to be secondary to obesity. we have to do something about this. we will never bend the health care cost curve unless we do something about obesity. this was not part of the dialogue three, four years ago. >> you're right. >> it is now politically acceptable to talk about it where it wasn't previous
Dec 26, 2010 2:30am EST
it. right now, 10% of the health care costs in the united states are secondary to obesity and by 2020 it's projected that 20% of the health care costs in the united states are going to be secondary to obesity. we have to do something about this. we will never bend the health care cost curve unless we do something about obesity. this was not part of the dialogue three, four years ago. >> you're right. >> it is now politically acceptable to talk about it where it wasn't previously. it has come to the consciousness of the leaders of the country and gradually you are seeing businesses, organizations begin to put things in place to fight this epidemic. >> let me ask you about the health care law and what kind of impact you have seen to the business. of course we know it won't be implemented for a couple of years. what impacts have you seen, if anything? >> the problem is we really haven't seen the definition of the law. we've got 2,400 pages of law, but we don't have the statutes to go with it. it hasn't been interpreted in washington. it's very hard to know how it's going to impact us. my
Dec 19, 2010 9:45am EST
constructive international activities of the united states, with their social security is being cut and they're having to pay more in taxes. so the united states is going to have to be frugal in its foreign policy as you point out really for the first time since the beginning of world war ii. we have gone seven decades without looking at the price tag in the way we're going to have to do. so that's the first part of the title. we will have to be frugal. the public will stand for nothing else, but i also believe the best states will remain the world's only superpower. i don't think anybody else will take our place. there are lots of things in the world that we don't do them, they won't get done, and if they don't get done and i discuss these very things deny states does in the frugal superpower, if they don't get done the world will be a worse place to all of us, not just americans, will be poorer and less secure. >> will get into some of the things we need to do and some things will give up. that's why would like to start which is one of the ways we start reducing costs is the way o
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Dec 8, 2010 10:00pm EST
make you ask, are britain and the united states hiding something about the lockerbie bomber who blew up 150 americans on pan am 103 and who now lives happily ever after? wikileaks will have you asking, is there a cover up. >> sarah palin under attack by home and why? this scandal spreads around the . stay tuned. my doctor said most calcium supplements... aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's different -- it's calcium citrate, so it can be absorbed with or without food. also available in small, easy-to-swallow petites. citracal. we've saved people a lot of money on car insurance. feels nice going into the holidays. ohhhh.... will you marry me? oooh, helzberg diamonds. yeah, well he must have saved some money with geico. reminds me of the gecko mating call. really? how does that go? shoo be doo be doo. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some people just know how to build things well. give you and your loved ones an expertly engineered mercedes-benz... ho ho ho! [ male announcer ]
Dec 5, 2010 8:00pm EST
trips of the third infantry of the division of the united states army who were dangling their feed off of a peer, cooling their feet. i said, if you look over your shoulder, you will see that the united states army is far from defeated. they have captured the heart of saddam hussein's power. he looked at me and he said, mr. fisher, i'm here to tell you that you are too far from reality. i think my book would be about living beyond the bounds the common western experience. the soviet union at the deaths of the cold war, north korea, afghanistan, who are the extraordinary people that you meet, the extraordinary evil that you encounter, but also of the inspiriting goodness in the human soul, which is rather the largest thing for me. i'm not particularly religious. i hope i'm not particularly self righteous. but that would be a very major thing for me. how in the midst of darkness there is always liked? >> for some of those who have never heard us talk before, white year is it -- what year is it in china? >> from 1971 to 1975, that was the last five years of melting 's life.- mao tse-t
Dec 10, 2010 6:00am EST
multinationals like apple might do here and produce more in the united states but when you look at the connection between firms which are multinational and have operations abroad and their exports against comparable firms which are really national firms but otherwise allowing for the other statistics of the firms, it is the multinationals that the duty exports. -- that do the exports. when they invest more abroad, they are very powerful. and there is a lot of literature on this. the obama administration's rhetoric which was to try to lift up the taxes on multinationals doing business abroad to the u.s. level was really a formula for asking u.s. multinationals to sell off their operate -- foreign operations. it did -- it went nowhere in the congress. to its credit, the administration scaled back their punitive measures against multinationals but they are still there. it will be interesting to see what the 2012 budget proposals will look like compared to 2010 and 2011. that is the absence of a territorial system which is the effective system in nearly every country. the few countries tha
Dec 11, 2010 6:00pm EST
, in effect, the first head of a central intelligence agency in the united states. franklin roosevelt appoints him in the summer of 1941 as what eventually becomes the office of strategic services. kind of a strange choice because donovan was a staunch republican, had run for governor of new york on an anti-roosevelt, anti-new deal platform. but he was also a plan of irrepressible spirit, boundless optimism, full of ideas, nd, in a sense, he reflected the qualities of franklin roosevelt. so, he was named the head of our first spy service. >> as you know, they call him wild bill donovan. tell us a wild story. >> well, one of the -- one of the conclusions i reachedabout donovan was that he was a magnificent magnet for attracting talent. his o.s.s. attracted collge presidents, philosopher, writers, journalists, photographers, actors, cameramen. arthur goldberg had been an o.s.s. veteran, subsequently goes on the supreme court, historian arthur schlessinger jr. was with the o.s.s. the french chef, julia childs was with the what struck me about donovan is the cat-brained ideas that h
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Dec 9, 2010 1:00am EST
you ask: are britain and the united states hiding something about the lockerbie bomber? wikileaks exposes cables that will have you asking: is there a coverup? john bolton is here and governor sarah palin under attack. by whom? and why? this scandal spreads around the globe. stay tuned. [ le announcer ] you know her. we know diamonds. together we'll make her holiday. that's why only zales is the diamond store. where you'll get an extra 10% off storewide now thru sunday. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] at&t and blackberry have teamed up to keep your business moving. blackberry torch now just $99.99. only from at&t. rethink possible. >> greta: this is the question are they incompetent. thrive had 10 years about the tax deadline and they've done >> now they are all in a panic trying to get all the money. here's the disgraceful part. they don't know how much they need, because there is no budget and they've made no effort to get rid of fraud and waste that would inmize the need for more money. what is the estimated amount of fraud and waste we should make the politicians go after i
Dec 19, 2010 12:00pm EST
flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., december 19, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable michael bennet, a senator from the state of colorado, to perfom the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: i'm meeting and having conversation with the republican leader to see if we can come to an agreement on the c.r. there are a few issues but nothing that we shouldn't be able to work through. following any leader remarks, the senate will resume executive session to resume consideration of the new start treaty. we have three hours of debate with respect to the risch amendment, the time divided, one hour under the control of senator kerry or his designee, two hours under the control
Dec 5, 2010 11:30am EST
cooperate the united states to advance our interests around the world. in terms of substance, there wasn't anything that was all that shocking in this. this is kind of much ado about the obvious, like it's a big shock that saudi arabia is funding al qaeda or that the chinese are helping iran with its nuclear arsenal? none of this comes as a shock. i think what is shocking to the american people is not the anti- american anarchist julian'sage and i do believe it was an act of sabotage of the united states, built i think the fact that the original leaker was an army private first class, bradley manning. this is somebody within our own intelligence apparatus in the united states army. he's the real -- not to excuse what assage did, but manning is the ultimate developpen in this case. i think that's what comes as the biggest shock. >> james warren, welcome. i like the shirt but this is not halloween. >> i got this online two for one from the tony blankly collection. [ laughter ] >> you have to work on the suits now. >> yeah. >> what's the answer to the question? is he overstating it? >>
Dec 18, 2010 8:00am EST
united states history was required as a subject in high school and colleges and many universities, textbooks and courses had very little to say about women, how they had contributed to the winning of world war i, world war ii, the wars in korea and vietnam. as the writing team of a nurse and a psychologist, co-author dr. evelyn monahan, we have a combined 50 years of experience with the department of veterans' affairs. now, you may be as surprised as we were to learn that the agency and the majority of it employees knew little, if anything, about the service of america's military women, any more than the average person on the street. this is, undoubtedly, the main cause that in 1989 the va published a bulletin for veterans' day that had only male veterans on the cover of that bulletin. it was evident to us that including women in military history had a long way to go. our interest in world war ii history started when evelyn and i were kids. evelyn grew up in new jersey and hearing war stories from world war ii. on a weekly basis, she went to the vfw with her father and listened to
Dec 16, 2010 5:00pm EST
board of "the washington post" went on to say but no calamity will befall the united states if the senate does not act this year. i couldn't agree more with the "washington post." it will not be a calamity if we're given adequate time to fully discuss, to fully examine, to fully debate all of the ramifications about an issue so profound as our nuclear weapons capability. the worst thing this body could do is shirk our constitutional responsibility by rushing this through in the final days of this lame-duck session simply to check the box before the new team, the new newly elected team comes to washington and takes office in january. thank you, madam president. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: thank you, madam president. madam president, i ask unanimous consent that floor privileges be granted to commander andre coleman, the department of defense fellow who has been extremely helpful in my office from the department of navy during the senate's consideration in executive session of treaty document 111-5, the new start treaty. t
Dec 20, 2010 6:00am EST
future. so the president of the united states comes to you and says i want you to be my ambassador to china. why did he do that? and why did you say yes? >> i like to think he did it because he cares about the relationship in the sense that bipartisan management management matters. in 31 years of our diplomatic relationship, it hasn't given way to political extremes. it's been managed in a bipartisan fashion. we've also been able to identify and pursue america's interests. without sort of shades of politics. and i accept it because the president asked. and i am one who is a traditionalist in that sense. >> rose: when the president needs you, you go. >> the commander in chief asked. and if you can make a unique contribution in that particular job, hardship though it might be, you stand up and serve. >> rose: this is an area of interest for you though. >> it is an area of interest. it's been a lifetime interest. it's been one that has pulled me to asia on a regular basis in different capacities and positions. it's my fourth tour of duty in asia. and it is nice to see that in the united
Dec 13, 2010 2:00am EST
international law, and conditions are essential for all of us in the united states and china and in the world and to achieve secure commerce in the region. we have been working together to strengthen and work towards a world in which proliferation is addressed globally the proposed strong sanctions on iran for its non compliance with international obligation, and we will continue to work toward making this process work as we make clear that if they are not prepared to move forward, there will be consequences. the second area is in the context of north korea. the recent tensions on the korean peninsula have been caused by provocations followed by the revelations of three uranium enrichment program and highlights the need for strengthened cooperation on this strategic issue. we want to work with china to address this challenge. on the presidential statement issued last year, and later that spring in response to the north korean nuclear test. we have demonstrated we can work together, and senate continues to play a stronger role, making clear there are consequences for the actions and
Dec 12, 2010 11:00pm EST
what is happening in the united states. our next guest is matthew parris, a columnist for the times of london. he also has weekly radio program on bbc. he was a conservative party member of the house of commons from 1979 to 1986. our interviews were recorded in the studios of westminster located across from the houses of parliament. >> matthew parris, back in april 2010, you said that the truth is simple. we are living beyond our means. the change is change that we were really prepared to embrace. we will have to live within our means. that was seven months ago. that is something that not just on, but a great many commentators have been saying since the early years. all of us in britain, nearly all of us, have the impression of prosperity, a growing prosperity which appeared to be beyond any explanation in terms of anything that we were producing ore exporting. people said that they could not believe that we were getting so much. what were the houses so much more? the reply from the economists says that it all has to do with financial-services. we do not need to make things any more
Dec 12, 2010 8:00pm EST
what is happening in the united states. our next guest is matthew parris, a columnist for the times of london. he also has a weekly radio program from the bbc. mr. parris was a conservative party member from 90--- 1979- 1986. >> matt the paris, back in april 2010, you read -- the truth is simple, we are living beyond our means. that was several months ago. >> and it is not so just died but a great many commentators have been saying since. at least the early years of the century, all of us in britain, nearly all of us, have had the impression of the prosperity, a growing prosperity which appeared to be beyond any explanation in terms of anything we were to -- producing ore exporting. then people said, i cannot believe that. why are we getting so much richer? why are our house is worth so much more? the reply from a clever economists, we did not need to make things any more. the added value is taking place. i had never been convinced by this. that was the last 15 years old. i get that impression that we were just eating up the value of each other's houses. property values of a cornerston
Dec 15, 2010 8:00pm EST
dollars is not the way to run the united states senate. and then to decide to dual-track that with the s.t.a.r.t. treaty, which enables us to afford appropriate time to neither is just a further exacerbation of the problem. the omnibus appropriation bill and continuing resolution are important matters that the american people are focused laser-like because they just sent us a message to stop spending so much money and earmarking. this is a bill that will raise those important issues. the s.t.a.r.t. treaty is a very important document and there are very important ramifications that need to be thoroughly considered with appropriate amendments and sufficient time to consider them. and for the leader to suggest that for a couple of days this week and then whatever time there may remain next week before christmas is adequate time to consider the treaty right up against the christmas holiday of course, well i will say is quite inappropriate and i will just conclude by saying that i didn't really appreciate the leader's remarks just a moment ago on the senate floor when criticizing those of u
Dec 13, 2010 12:00am EST
the middle east. he's in the united states to address the 2010 saban forum hosted by the brookings institution. mr. prime minister, it goes on and on. now the obama administration has made a decision to step back from trying to persuade israel to freeze settlement expansion. you have called that sensible. why? >> because i think we need to find a way forward now that gives both parties confidence that we can have a negotiation that actually succeeds. and in the meantime, we've got to push ahead and create the change on the ground that's going to make a real difference in the lives of palestinians and also provide the israelis with the assurances they require on security. so you know, we've hit an impasse. it's a problem, but we've got to find a way through. >> larry: but that decision, where does it leave efforts for peace talks? it sounds status quo again. >> well, i think that there's still a lot that's going to go on. one of the interesting things that's happening in the middle east right now and in the israel/palestine situation, the leadership of the prime minister, with the f
Dec 8, 2010 5:00pm EST
manufacturing uses the best practices. they recognize that the food safety of the united states as well as the food safe i have to goods manufactured here is threatened by imports from places like china where they put melamine in milk products to up the amount of protein in milk. something which is poisoning babies and adults. and of course the roster of unsafe foods which we see come swoog the marketplace is a continuing source of fear, particularly when you contemplate the fact that it is coming in from china because we import now somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of our food. there's not time enough to conduct a proper investigation of the differences between the two bodies and a proper conference between the two bodies. i regret this as much as anyone. it is not the fault of this house that this has taken so long. it has taken the senate since the bill was passed in the house in june of last year, not this year, and they have dawdled around and dawdled around as the senate always does with the end result that we are forced to take the senate bill. the problem which existed has been correct
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